The Strain

Season 1 Episode 1

Night Zero

50
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 13, 2014 on FX
8.4
out of 10
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127 votes
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Episode Summary

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A plane filled with dead passengers spurs an investigation in the opener of this series, in which a vampiric virus spreads through New York City.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not sold, but there's potential...

    7.0
    A bizarre clash of old and new elements to the vampire legend which gave it a conflicting, uncomfortable atmosphere at times. The dialogue let down most of the potential this pilot had and took away something from the characters which could be a lot greater without it. Still, there's potential here, the scientific touch to the show was nice to see, but almost expected from a title such as 'The Strain'. It's one of those that does leave you wanting more, but partly due to the fact you hope it can overcome the issues it had with this first episode. I remain hesitantly optimistic.moreless
  • Love you see.....

    8.5
    Not a better line has been written for television in a long,long time:" Love, you see, is the one force that cannot be explained, cannot be broken down into a chemical process. It is the beacon that guides us back home when no one is there, an the light that illuminates our loss. Its absence robs us of all pleasure, of our capacity for joy. It makes our nights darker and our days gloomier. But when we find love, no matter how wrong, how sad, or how terrible, we cling to it. it gives us our strength. It holds us upright. It feeds on us and we feed on it. Love is our grace. Love is ourmoreless
  • Jumps ahead too much from books plot.

    10
    Very engrossing and well acted. Left out a few things from the book but that was ok. Didn't understand why the eclipse wasn't shown before advancing the plot away from the airport, but with a limited number of episodes maybe they didn't want to spend too much time before getting to the good stuff.
  • "The Strain" debuts with a badly written B horror Pilot but the dumb down may be temporary for marketing purposes...

    5.5
    "The Strain" is based on a trilogy of atmospheric horror books but making a series out of it inevitably led to an incredibly dumbed down pilot just to appeal to the brainless B horror audience. Incredibly stupid scientists and characters, cliche and useless drama, epically bad dialogue, ridiculously goofy horror moments, multiple quarantine violations, everything that makes a horror a bad horror is there, shooting at your face the way the Master vampire shoots a Neckhugger (from the Alien's Facehugger) tongue on you and then punctures your carotid artery with a different tubular needle.



    However, this dumb down may be temporary to have the B horror fans hooked with the show. Only time will tell if the chilling vampire horror will earn the correct adaptation out of the FX channel.moreless
  • Too many stupids make a bad B Movie (series)

    6.0
    This pilot could have been so much better, but was let down by too much mediocre and stupidity.



    The good:

    It's new, has interesting characters and an interesting storyline.



    The bad:

    Stupid dialogue (such as the Air Traffic Controller's surprise at seeing a real airplane in real life - when they park right outside his workplace, which happens to be in the middle of an airport!)



    Stupid decisions (Like sending the CDC Dr's unarmed onto a plane which could have simply been a hostage situation)



    Stupid bad guys (Such as the Vampire(?) who hires the worlds must difficult thug to do important work)



    Stupid monsters (such as the OTT monster and the UTT morgue monsters - Over The Top and Under The Top , a monster somewhere in-between would have sufficed.



    All the stupids leave the viewer feeling that what they've just watched is more than a little like a B Movie.moreless
Leslie Hope

Leslie Hope

Joan Luss

Guest Star

Adriana Barraza

Adriana Barraza

Guadalupe Elizalde

Guest Star

Francis Capra

Francis Capra

Crispin Elizalde

Guest Star

Roger R. Cross

Roger R. Cross

Fitzwilliam

Recurring Role

Daniel Kash

Daniel Kash

Everett Barnes

Recurring Role

Robert Maillet

Robert Maillet

The Master

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the episode various characters always wear hazmat gear when examining/collecting. Yet the medical examiner is not, despite them having no clue what they are dealing with or whether it was airborne or not.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Abraham: Hunger, a poet once said, is the most important thing we know, the first lesson we learn. But hunger can be easily quieted down, easily satiated. There is another force, a different type of hunger, an unquenchable thirst that cannot be extinguished. Its very existence is what defines us, make us human. That force is love.

    • Ephraim: An epidemiologist. You know, if I take time off, if I go fly-fishing, people die.

    • Ephraim: You don't like terrorists, try negotiating with a virus. A virus exists only to find a carrier and reproduce. That's all it does and it does it quickly. It has no political views, it has no religious beliefs, it has no cultural hang-ups. And it has no respect for a badge. It has no concept of time or geography. It might as well be the Middle Ages, except for the convenience of hitching a ride on a metal tube flying from meal to meal to meal. That's how a plague begins.

    • Abraham: Listen very carefully, son. I know your little friend has a gun and the hammer is cocked but I don't care. I could control your entire body weight from this pressure point and this knife is pointing straight at your radial artery. By the time he clears his coat pocket, your artery will be punctured and sliced wide open from top to bottom. You fall down bleeding, I go under the counter, and your friend starts shooting at an empty space. I can guarantee this—you will bleed out before the 911 operator answers the phone. That is option one! Option two is, you release the bills, your friend gives me the gun, he can keep the bullets, I don't care, and you leave this store. Now, son, you have a choice.

    • Palmer: Throughout my life I've learned what it feels to cross a line, to do things. Things that cannot be undone. That line... it has been crossed now, hasn't it? Your breath... I'll never get used to...
      Eichorst: Yes, even I miss breathing sometimes.

    • Eichorst: Three rules. You will not examine the cargo. You will not make any stops. And you will cross the bridge back into Manhattan before daybreak. Do you understand? In English then, the three rules.
      Gus: Screw you. Suck my dick. I'll get it done.

    • Abraham: Love, you see, is the one force that cannot be explained, cannot be broken down into a chemical process. It is the beacon that guides us back home when no one is there, an the light that illuminates our loss. Its absence robs us of all pleasure, of our capacity for joy. It makes our nights darker and our days gloomier. But when we find love, no matter how wrong, how sad, or how terrible, we cling to it. it gives us our strength. It holds us upright. It feeds on us and we feed on it. Love is our grace. Love is our downfall.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jim: Okay, boss, ready to go through the looking glass?
      Referencing Lewis Carroll (b.1832 - d.1898), whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is best known as the author of Alice in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking Glass (1871). In the latter, Alice was able to go through the mirror into another world on the other side.

    • Gus: Calm down, double-oh-seven.
      Referencing the fictional spy James Bond, created by author Ian Fleming in 1953, who is code-numbered 007. Bond has gone on to be the feature character in numerous movies featuring several different actors, the the first movie being Dr. No in 1962.

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